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Alert: Horrible virus attacks iPads and iPhones

Alert: Horrible virus attacks iPads and iPhones
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Update 11/7: Apple has blocked the infected apps so they won't run on a Mac or iOS. This will stop the attack temporarily, but it doesn't fix the underlying problem. Read on to learn more about this threat.

Original story:

Apple gadgets have a reputation for and proven history of good security, but lately cracks have started to show. I told you earlier this week about the "rootpipe" flaw in Mac OS X.

Well, now a flaw has popped up in OS X and iOS called "WireLurker," and it's a first for iOS.

Most iOS flaws in the past only existed if your iPhone or iPad was jailbroken. That means you've already made a breach in the defenses so you can install apps Apple hasn't approved. "WireLurker," however, works on a pristine iOS gadget with its security fully intact.

Right now, it's not much of a threat to U.S. users, but it's infected thousands of iOS gadgets in China over the past six months.

Still, it's worth knowing how it works and how to avoid it because you can bet hackers will be trying to bring it to the States as fast as possible.

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